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Six Peru State Students Named Certified Student Leaders at National Center for Student Leadership Conference in Orlando


(Peru, Neb.) Six Peru State students have been recognized as Certified Student Leaders (CSL) at the National Center for Student Leadership (NCSL) Conference in Orlando, FL. Only 5,000 student leaders from across the country and around the world have received the NCSL certification since 1994. 

The CSL Program focuses on strengthening student leadership by developing skills in three areas, including self, group and campus leadership. As a part of the certification program, students complete a series of interactive workshops with students from other colleges and universities around the world and apply the material to themselves, their student organizations and their campus community. 

In order to receive certification, each participant develops a strategic plan for a project, event or new idea to implement on their campus.

Peru State’s Certified Student Leaders are:

Ryan Bauman, a sophomore fine arts major from Falls City. Bauman currently serves as vice president for the college’s Campus Activities Board. His strategic plan is to create a “Peru State Family Program” that would introduce new students every fall to the opportunities available for involvement and connections.

Joseph Fauver, a senior biochemical science major from Springfield. Fauver, who serves at Peru State’s student trustee for the Nebraska State College System, developed a strategic plan focused on developing a succession plan for Peru State’s Rotaract. The plan focuses on recruitment of new members and empowering underclassmen with leadership opportunities within the Rotaract organization for future sustainability.

Ellen Larsen, a junior special education major from Lincoln. Larsen currently serves as PSC Student Senate president. Her strategic plan focuses on student involvement by developing mechanisms to encourage more active and vibrant student organizations on campus. Larsen plans to develop an annual award for the top student organization of the year.

Jessica Merrill, a sophomore business administration major from Falls City. Merrill, president of the Campus Activities Board, developed a strategic plan titled “Working Side By Side.” The intent of her plan is to open lines of communication with area colleges and universities to collaborate and share student programming best practices.

Lexi Neemann, a sophomore psychology major from Sioux City, Iowa. Neemann, Student Senate vice president, focused her strategic plan on creating a weekend community on campus. This idea would promote activities and events for students who choose to stay at Peru State on the weekends in order to create more opportunities for engagement.

Trevin Nelson, a senior business administration major from Omaha. Nelson is the senior resident assistant in the Residence Life Office. His strategic plan proposes to initiate a “dead week” program involving outdoor activities, food and fun to help students relieve stress and celebrate a successful year while creating a campus tradition.

Nelson said, “I took so much away from each of the different speakers we had an opportunity to listen to. I can already tell it has helped me to grow as a leader.”

Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Michaela Willis, said, “Investing in our student leaders through participating in NCSL Conference and the Certified Student Leader Program is an initial step toward creating a leadership development program at Peru State - a priority of the college’s Sesquicentennial Strategic Plan. During the conference, students applied the knowledge they gained as campus leaders to further develop their skills and confidence. Since returning to campus, we have seen them use their expanded knowledge to make a difference at Peru State and we look forward to seeing the implementation of the projects they developed.”